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Argentine Gabriel Copola expresses joy over highest class 3 table tennis ranking of his career

Gabriel Copola. Image credit: Gabriel Copola
Class 3 rankings, with Gabriel Copola's ranking highlighted.

Class 3 rankings, with Gabriel Copola’s ranking highlighted.

While world para-table tennis rankings were updated on the first of the month, Argentine Gabriel Copola stated yesterday on Facebook that he was very happy to be ranked seventh in the world in the men’s class 3 classification. The ranking is the highest of his career.

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This statement on Facebook read in part:

It is the most important publication in my sporting career, success! This is what I have always dreamed, it was one of my biggest challenges and it happened, I’m very happy! ARGENTINA is making history in class 3! Let’s go! Thank to all those who joined me to achieve this dream… that every day help me to improve, my great friend Mauri and the professor Diego “el chino” who are are part of all this!… To all those who by this means give me strength to continue to improve, a big hug!

Copola is currently training for this year’s world championship scheduled to take place in September in China.

There have been two major events to earn points to improve ranking in the past month.  They include the Romania International Table Tennis Open 2014 and the PTT Spanish Open 2014. Currently, the top ranked men’s wheelchair competitor is South Korea’s Class 4 Young-gun Kim.  The top ranked men’s standing competitor is Poland’s Class 10 Patryk Chojnowski. The top Class 11 competitor with an intellectual disability is France’s Pascal Pereira-Leal.  On the women’s  wheelchair side, China’s Class 5 Bian Zhang  is ranked number one.  Poland’s Class 10 Natalia Partyka is the top ranked women’s standing competitor.  Russia’s Elena Prokofeva  is the top ranked woman with a learning disability.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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